A fun Christmas wedding at Winton Castle, East Lothian

It may be almost May but we’re big, big fans of Christmas here at SWD so I just love all the special festive touches at Lee-Anne and Mark’s December wedding. From the seasonal flowers and foliage, to the home-made Christmas puddings and mincemeat pies provided by the bride’s mum and the festive jumpers, their wedding had Christmas down to a tee. And I LOVE that Winton Castle even allowed them to bring in their own family Christmas tree to really personalise their big day. Theses gorgeous shots by the talented Julie Tinton Photography show just how magical their wedding was.

Read about the rest of Lee-Anne and Mark’s special day from the bride’s perspective…

We’ve had a whirlwind of a relationship already. We got engaged in September 2015. We were in London for Mark’s birthday when he got down on one knee in front of Big Ben after the 9pm chimes – he’d been working in London a few years earlier and he called me at 9am one morning to let me hear the Big Ben chimes, so this was really, really special! I used to live in America so he’d had my ring made in the States and shipped over. He’d deny it but he’s actually a romantic wee soul!

I hold a very special place in my heart for Christmas, it was always so magical when I was a child. And so we had a Christmas-themed wedding with a “festive” colour scheme!

We chose Winton because it is absolutely beautiful. The family who own it also live there, and so because of that it feels very warm and cosy. We are both family-orientated so it felt right. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and informal – as if we were all at home with friends – rather than anything that could be construed as overly stuffy!

When I was told I could bring my own family Christmas tree and get married in front of it with our two boys beside us and roaring log-fires all around, I was sold. Winton House treated us like royalty the whole weekend which felt so special.

We tried to litter the venue with “bits and bobs” of things for people to do to keep everyone amused and we put out sparklers and a sweetie bar for the kids (and big kids!) as well as colouring books and toys. We also set up a TV room to play Christmas DVDs. One of my friends works in fashion, so we also had a bucket of “on-trend” Christmas jumpers for anyone who wanted to feel cosy.

Our favours were home-made Christmas puddings, which were made lovingly by my mum. She also makes home-made mincemeat pies every Christmas for the family, and so I insisted that we had those with the evening buffet. Not a bad commitment from a woman who doesn’t even like mincemeat pies!

And we had a fantastic fireworks display which the venue put on for us in the evening.

 

DETAILS, DETAILS

In all honestly, I don’t think I’m a natural bride so I did find the planning to be quite stressful – there were a lot of emotional moments with a lot of people. Thankfully my groom wasn’t one of them. So if anything, the stress brought us closer together! I think I enjoyed putting the details together more than all the big stuff – on a number of occasions I could be heard saying things like “Um… yeah, I don’t really care about that, but what about Christmas confetti for the tables?!”

I felt absolutely amazing on the day itself and for weeks after. We weren’t going on our honeymoon till a month after the wedding, so we had a minimoon at Gleneagles – all the staff were calling me Mrs Hannan and I felt like a million dollars!

Getting married hasn’t changed us; we still do the same things like getting up for work, running riot with our boys on the weekend, and watching box-sets. But it feels different, like we’ve been brought closer together. Before, I was always terrified of being “comfortable”. I thoughts that meant boring, old and frumpy. But actually we’ve created our own kind of comfortable, and it’s a really lovely feeling.

Venue: Winton Castle | Photographer: Julie Tinton Photography | Filmmaker: Mirrorbox Photography | Bride’s dress: Naomi Neoh from Alison Kirk Bridal | Cake: A-Cakes | Florist: Lorna’s Flowers 

Music: Stephen J Elliott, DJ | Earrings: Pandora | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Stataionery: Chapter One Press | Hair: Hannah from Ashley Clarke Signature Salon | Make-up: Erin Stewart Makeup